Maenclochog and Rosebush Modules
Track and scenery by Colin Churcher
This web page was last updated on February 24th, 2014.
Maenclochog and Rosebush are two standard 4x2 modules that would normally be operated together. The three centre tracks are joined with custom rail joiners to preserve the look of the ballast.
Maenclochog, Great Western Railway, is a small locomotive terminal with a turntable to provide access to locomotive storage and servicing tracks. Power to the tracks is controlled by a bank of on/off switches with indicator lights showing when the track is live. The turntable motor is controlled by a center-off dpdt switch.
Power to the locomotive wheel cleaning track is controlled separately by an on/off switch. Locomotives run on to a series of brass brushes and couple to the stop block at the end. The wheels are then spun briefly (not more than 15 seconds) in both directions. The locomotive can then be reversed back on to the access track.
When not used as a through line, the Fuel Track will hold two tank cars.
Rosebush is a rural scene with an active beaver population. It has an interchange (two 40 foot cars) with the Fern Valley Railway. Doran Apiaries has a siding here. It will hold two short tank cars for shipments of honey and mead.
On the main, through tracks, the turnout throw levers are painted green for normal and red for reverse. All switches should be left in the normal (green) position.
The modules are named after two villages in West Wales (Pembrokeshire). The Maenclochog Railway Tunnel was bombed by the RAF in 1943 as a training exercise.